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Fabianski: No looking back

Lukasz Fabianski says it was not a hard decision to leave Arsenal and he is now focused on the future at Swansea City.

The Poland international goalkeeper swapped life at Emirates Stadium for that at the Liberty Stadium this summer having reached the end of his contract in north London.

He is taking on a new challenge after seven years with Arsenal - a spell which ended with FA Cup glory at Wembley Stadium in May.

Fabianski was, however, restricted to just 78 appearances during his time in the capital, with the 29-year-old spending much of his career as a deputy.

Swansea have offered him the chance to become a Premier League regular, and he intends to grab that opportunity with both hands.

Fabianski said of his time at Arsenal: "I have already kind of forgotten about it.

"I had many wonderful years at Arsenal but I am a Swansea City player now and I want to focus on that."

When Swansea snapped up Fabianski as a free agent, Holland international Michel Vorm was still on their books.

He has since moved on to Tottenham Hotspur, opening up the battle for the No.1 jersey, but Fabianski says he is taking nothing for granted as he prepares to compete with Gerhard Tremmel for a starting berth.

He added: "You cannot say that someone has given me the No.1 and that's it.

"There is competition at Swansea and it's not as if they've said, 'There you go, take it'.

"I have to fight for it. We are competing for the spot, we are pushing each other.

"I am hoping that I am going to be the starting goalkeeper and that I will play well and I will help the team. That's what it's about."

Fabianski also says that fear will not be on Swansea's agenda when they open their Premier League campaign against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

The Swans will be United's first league opponents under new manager Louis van Gaal, but former Arsenal goalkeeper Fabianski has warned there is no danger of Swansea allowing the Dutchman a gentle introduction.

"I am not sure what they (United) are going to be preparing for," Poland international Fabianski told Swansea's official website.

"It's not going to be an easy game for them. We are going to give our best and try to win it.

"We are going to be well-prepared for the game and it's going to be very interesting.

"There is no point to fear the opposition, especially as Swansea beat them away in the FA Cup (last season) so we should not be fearing anything.

"They are a big club, but we are going to go there and try to get some points. That's our aim.

"We are not going to lie down and let them play. We are going to go for it as well and hopefully it will be a good game with a good result for us."